2016 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
October 13, 2016
70% New Saury French oak, Medium Toast, +30% neutral French oak for 15 months.
March 2, 2017
Our 2016 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon has an opaque purple color, with a bright purple rim. Cassis, black cherry, warm baking spices and espresso fill an effusively fragrant nose. The flavors are similar with ripe black cherry and dark chocolate and Cabernet spice impressions, and the wine is lush fruit-forward yet balanced. The finish is lingering even and silken, with hints of structure that will aid in aging. Enjoyable now and over the next five years.
The 2016 vintage started early and warm but ended up beautifully for Eco Terreno, especially for our later ripening red grapes. As always cool fog in the morning clearing to sunny skies by early afternoon with temperatures soaring up into the high 90°s F and the quickly cooling off following sunset. Temperature swings of up to 40° F, which is preferable for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot allowed for greater depth of flavor. Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested exclusively from our 43-year-old vine block which was planted in 1973 on St. George rootstock by Rodney Strong. With yields as low as three tons to the acre, the concentration of fruit flavors and full-throttle richness create a very opulent wine.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cab Franc, 6% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot